We took a bit of a detour today to go to Fort Union National Monument. Fort Union was the largest U.S. military post and a center of frontier defense in the Southwest for four decades. The fort’s mission was broad. It protected the Santa Fe Trail; was the major Army supply depot in the Southwest (serving forts over a 500 mile area); served as a transportation center for civilian wagon and freighters carrying military supplies; and provided a base for campaigns that penetrated the homeland of the Apache, Ute, Navajo, Kiowa, and Comanche. After hearing about the Sante Fe trail and considering what she went through to pack for this trip (when there are stores every where on the way), Leslie mused about how she would pack for a 900 mile trip with just a few rustic forts for supplies. Don had no comment.
We ended the day in Amarillo. Texas. We had wonderful barbecue at Tyler’s BBQ. They serve food every night until they run out or 7:30, whichever comes first. We got there at 6:50. We missed the pulled pork, but they had ribs, brisket and sausage – all of which were delicious.